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One day a woman walks into a cubby-hole office at The Gardens of Elm Bank with a little terrarium. Inside, wrapped around a stick, is a two-inch weevil-like worm. She suspects that the jointed, ivory-colored creature has something to do with the sawdust at the base of her rhododendron.

Just another case for the botanical Sherlock Holmes of the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association, which operates a help line based at the headquarters of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley, among many other activities.

“It was the most disgusting worm I’ve ever seen,” said Dianna Kanter of Wellesley, who became a certified Master Gardener two years ago. But that didn’t stop Kanter from pursuing the case.

Read more in the Digital Edition of the Spring 2018 Issue of WellesleyWeston Magazine.